Transport, schools, shops … update on what changes this Monday, after 55 days of confinement.
May 11 will have been expected for fifty-five days by the French. Theoretically, this is, from midnight, the beginning of the end of containment implemented to limit the spread of the new coronavirus. But this release will remain partial and controlled. The more so as new foci of the virus appeared in New Aquitaine, however classified in green, raising fear of a rebound of the epidemic.
With the deconfinement, it becomes (finally) possible to meet at ten, at most. What is the risk if this number is exceeded? “We are not going to send a gendarme to each apartment”, Interior Minister Christophe Castaner launched on France Inter. Good news.
While children will gradually find their way back to school, (the Minister of National Education Jean-Michel Blanquer wishes that all the children could have found “at least one time” their school by the end of May), millions of people will return to work in their business premises.
In the Paris region, the influx of passengers in the metro and rail network used by millions of people will be regulated with a compulsory employer certificate to circulate during rush hour. One seat out of two will be condemned and a marking on the ground installed. The checks will be carried out between 6.30 a.m. and 9.30 a.m. and between 4 p.m. and 7 p.m.
Many non-food stores will reopen, but, as Edouard Philippe explained, “Each of them will have to comply with strict specifications, limiting the number of people present at the same time”. Bars, restaurants, entertainment venues, however, remain closed until further notice.
Repeated handwashing, reduced physical activity, safe distance, cleaning of premises … the instructions concerning barrier gestures are more relevant than ever to avoid the risk of a new start of the virus which kills more than 26,000 people in France since 1er March.
The mask, if it is not compulsory in public space, becomes the mandatory sesame in public transport. At the Châtelet-Les Halles station, the nerve center of Parisian travel, the RATP will install cameras to measure the adoption of masks. The state will put it on Monday “10 million masks available to transport operators for distribution to their users”, including 4.4 million for the Ile-de-France region, according to Interior Minister Christophe Castaner.
Not all residents will have the same rights at the same time. In the green areas of the now well known Covid-19 epidemic map, access to collective places, in particular green spaces, will be easier. But even in these green areas, “You have to consider that the virus is there. It is in ambush, it is circulating ”, Warned Sunday the Pr Anne-Claude Crémieux, infectious disease specialist at Saint-Louis Hospital in Paris, after the discovery of epidemic foci in the Dordogne and in the Vienne. For beaches, closing remains the rule, but the prefects may occasionally open them.
Four regions (Ile-de-France, Hauts-de-France, Grand Est and Bourgogne Franche-Comté) and 32 departments in total, including Mayotte, remain classified “red” because of the still rapid circulation of the virus and the risk of saturation of the hospitals it causes. In the capital and in Ile-de-France, the deconfinement will be more supervised than on the rest of the territory. Mayotte’s situation clearly calls for “Delay deconfinement”.
National borders remain “Closed until further notice”, announced the Ministry of the Interior.
As of Monday, the certificate of leaving the home disappears, except for journeys greater than 100 kilometers outside the departure department. These trips beyond 100 kilometers remain prohibited unless there are compelling and justifiable reasons.
Access to certain stations such as in Paris may be filtered by the police and public transport between regions will remain limited.
The mayor of Paris, Anne Hidalgo, is also considering using the “Alternating traffic” if car traffic is “Too intense” from Monday, she announces to Sunday newspaper.
2,812 patients with severe forms of Covid-19 remain in intensive care. And the absence of treatment or vaccine encourages vigilance. Prime Minister Edouard Philippe has announced that a new progress update will take place on June 2 with a view to changing the rules in force.